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  • K-State picks Jones as starting running back

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The three running backs who returned for No. 20 Kansas State this season had run for fewer than 50 yards, so to say the competition was wide open this offseason would be an understatement. When things shook out, Charles Jones was atop the depth chart. "He's at the top of the list and may not be alone at the top of the list," coach Bill Snyder said. "He's one of those young guys where I've seen improvement come. It's important for our backs to be versatile and be able to handle all aspects of the game; obviously, to be able to run the ball well with some explosiveness and to be able to block well and be active in the passing game as a receiver. I think he's made improvements in all three of those areas

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy aware of “freshman wall” when October rolls around

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    By Gundy’s estimation, that freshman wall could hit Oct. 18 when the Cowboys prepare to take on TCU in Fort Worth. Not ideal timing as OSU’s next three road games are at Kansas State, Baylor and OU.

  • No. 18 Ole Miss looking to join ranks of SEC elite

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Long an also-ran in the mighty Southeastern Conference, Mississippi is looking like a school no longer content with the status quo. First, the No. 18 Rebels must get by a team that knows a thing or two about busting up the establishment. Ole Miss opens the season Thursday night against Boise State, long known as the BCS Buster. This is the first of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games at the Georgia Dome, followed Saturday by Alabama vs. West Virginia. The Rebels are a team on the rise under coach Hugh Freeze, who has been able to land big-time recruits and guided his team to wins over Texas and LSU last season. Ole Miss still must prove it can compete on a regular basis with SEC powerhouses such as Alab

  • Villa, QPR humbled by lowly sides in League Cup

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Premier League sides Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers followed Manchester United in being beaten by lower-tier clubs in the League Cup on Wednesday. A day after United's surprising 4-0 loss at MK Dons, another third-tier club, Leyton Orient, won 1-0 at Aston Villa, and fourth-tier side Burton edged past QPR by the same score. But two topflight sides eased through with 3-0 wins, with Stoke eliminating Portsmouth and Sunderland ousting Birmingham. Stoke and Sunderland were then drawn to play each other in the third round when the teams playing in Europe enter the competition.

  • Weber State-Arizona State Preview Capsule

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Weber State (0-0 ) at No. 19 Arizona State (0-0), 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) Series Record: First meeting. WHAT'S AT STAKE Arizona State has lots of new players on defense, so facing the lower-tier Wildcats should be a nice way to get in some game action without too much stress. Weber State went 2-10 last season, including 1-7 in the Big Sky Conference, and will be playing its first game under new coach Jay Hill. KEY MATCHUP Weber State's offensive line against ASU's pressure. The Wildcats will likely try a lot of quick-hitting passes to keep the Sun Devils from harassing QB Billy Green. Sacramento State had a little success with it against Arizona State last season before the Sun Devils rolled to a rout.<

  • Utah opens with Idaho State on Thursday night

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Idaho State is carrying a 44-game road losing streak into Utah on Thursday night for its season opener. So coach Mike Kramer was brutally honest: He doesn't see his Bengals reversing that trend against the Utes. "We've got some numbers that are just nasty. And one of them is our consecutive road losing streak," he said. "Opening up at Utah and then playing Utah State next week, I'm sure that that streak's really not in danger." Idaho State hasn't won on the road since 2006. On top of that, Utah is 6-0 against the Big Sky's Bengals, including a 66-0 drubbing in the last meeting in 1994.

  • Todd Lamb: Oklahoma's lieutenant governor a former Louisiana Tech receiver

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb was introduced at an event in Norman on Tuesday, and the assembled gathering was told that Lamb had spent two years on football scholarship at Louisiana Tech — OU’s opponent Saturday at Owen Field. Lamb quickly saved the mood by yelling, “Boomer Sooner!” But Lamb indeed was a La Tech Bulldog, […]

  • Cameroon's Eto'o retires from internationals

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Samuel Eto'o said Wednesday it was "definitive." Having threatened to give up playing for his country before, Cameroon's all-time leading goal-scorer announced he was definitely retiring this time, ending an international career that began a day before his 16th birthday and took in four World Cups, two African Cup of Nations titles, an Olympic gold medal and a record four African Player of the Year awards. Eto'o leaves international football as Africa's most decorated player. The 33-year-old forward played more than 100 games for his country and scored 56 goals, the most by anyone for Cameroon. He announced his decision to give up days after he was left out of Cameroon's squad for next month's African Cup qualifiers and

  • Stanford's Kevin Hogan a 'stabilizing agent' at QB

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — David Shaw remembers Stanford's first few games without Andrew Luck two years ago as a stressful time for his coaching staff and his players. Uncertainty at quarterback lingered. Doubt about the direction of the program persisted. And how Shaw would solve the problem remained a constant question. Kevin Hogan replaced struggling starter Josh Nunes late that season, and the rest is history: two consecutive Pac-12 championships and Rose Bowl berths. Stanford has not worried about its quarterback since. With two seasons of eligibility remaining, Hogan already has carved out his place in school history. The redshirt junior has been the program's "stabilizing agent," and he's provided hope that the N

  • Long Davis homer lifts Pirates over Cardinals 3-1

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ike Davis wasn't able to play meaningful late-season games during his time with the New York Mets. He's making the most of his chance with the Pittsburgh Pirates. "It's the first time he's been involved in games that have this kind of significance this late in the season," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday after Davis' long home run keyed a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. "He's showing up to the ballpark ready contribute any way he can." Davis hit a two-run drive off a speaker above the seats in right-center field in the second inning. A day earlier, Davis had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 5-2 win.

  • Kevin Durant-Under Armour-Nike: The latest in the KD shoe saga

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Kevin Durant is a free agent and he has a decision to make. Not about where he's going to play (that's not until 2016). Under Armour and Nike are currently in a tug-of-war for Durant's services. Reports surfaced last week that Roc Nation, which represents Durant, informed Nike that it had an offer on the table from Under Armour worth between $265-285 million over 10 years. Nike has the right to match any offer, but Durant can still choose Nike even if its offer comes in lower than Under Armour's. Numerous reports cited Wednesday as the deadline day for Nike to make a decision. Well, Wednesday came and people started talking. Durant's gone off to Under Armour for 10 years, $325 million. Under Armour has signed Durant for 10 years, $285 million. Nothing has been confirmed. Nothing has been announced. ESPN's Darren Rovell says Nike still has time to match Under Armour. Stay tuned.

  • Tuning in: Thursday, Aug. 28

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    THURSDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5 p.m., Texas A&M at South Carolina, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Wake Forest at La. Monroe, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Tulane at Tulsa, CBSS (Cox 249)/KRMG-AM 740 7 p.m., Boise State at Mississippi, ESPN (Cox 29) 8:15 p.m., Temple at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 9 p.m., Rutgers at Washington State, FS1 (Cox 67) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11:30 a.m., Chi. Cubs at Cincinnati, WGN (Cox 2)/MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m., Texas at Houston, FSOK (Cox 37) 7 p.m., Minnesota at Kansas City, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9 p.m., Oakland at L.A. Angels, MLBN (Cox 264) NFL PRESEASON 6 p.m., N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, NFLNET (Cox 252) 7 p.m., Denver at Dallas, KOCB-34

  • Young Sun Devils eager for first test

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State's young defensive players are about to get their first live test. The Sun Devils lost nine starters from last year's team and will rely on a group of young, inexperienced players in Thursday night's season opener against Weber State. Defensive tackle Jaxon Hood and safety Damarious Randall are the only two returners from last year's Pac-12 South title team, and Hood has been playing catch-up after missing two weeks of camp to attend to a personal issue. Arizona State should have it easy against the Wildcats, who went 2-10 last season, are young and will be playing their first game under former Utah assistant Jay Hill.

  • Commodores eager to win with new coach in opener

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores have a new coach and are ready to start proving that their winning ways didn't leave when their last one departed. Derek Mason makes his coaching debut against Temple on Thursday in the nightcap game on the new SEC Network With James Franklin leading them, the Commodores went 9-4 and finished in the Top 25 rankings each of the past two seasons. They are 16-4 over their past 20 games, tied with South Carolina for the second-best record in the Southeastern Conference in that span. Franklin now is coaching Penn State, but he brought plenty of talent to Vanderbilt that's still on campus. The Commodores feel like they've been overlooked in all the success of the past two se

  • Ecuador to play Bolivia in Florida exhibition

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ecuador will play Bolivia in an exhibition game on Sept. 6 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The game, announced Tuesday, is on a FIFA date, meaning club players should be available for selection. Ecuador also plays the United States on Oct. 10 at Ecuador at East Hartford, Connecticut, in the final scheduled international match for American star Landon Donovan, who plans to retire at the end of the Major League Soccer season.

  • Putin visits 2018 World Cup venue in Moscow

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited Spartak Moscow's new stadium, a 2018 World Cup venue, ahead of its official opening. The 45,000-capacity stadium in northwest Moscow is the only one of 12 planned venues for the World Cup to be built using only private funds. Russian media quoted Putin as saying the stadium is "good to look at" and "worthy of one of Russia's favorite teams." He discussed a planned new law which will impose limits on how many foreigners can play for Russian teams in sports such as football and ice hockey. He said Russians must "play in the leading roles" at their clubs.

  • No. 7 UCLA ready to back up hype in season opener

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If No. 7 UCLA can live up to the lofty expectations it carries into the new season, its first two road games will merely be trial runs for bigger and better things to come. A cross-country trip to Virginia on Saturday for the Bruins' season opener should prepare quarterback Brett Hundley or two-way star Myles Jack for December's Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City. A neutral-site game against Texas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, should give UCLA plenty of familiarity with the venue that will host the new College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 12. The Bruins are a popular national pick for a third-year breakthrough under coach Jim Mora, and they're eager to get underway.

  • Bayern completes transfer of defender Benatia

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich says defender Mehdi Benatia has completed his transfer from Roma and signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga champion. The two clubs agreed not to disclose financial details of the deal. Benatia signed after passing his medical. The Morocco defender will fill the gap left by Javi Martinez, who is out for about six months after tearing knee ligaments.

  • Kenseth likes title chances despite lack of wins

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth was a five-time winner this time last year and an established championship threat. He doesn't feel any less confident about his title chances this season even though he has not visited Victory Lane. Kenseth goes into Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend winless, but ranked a solid fifth in the Sprint Cup standings. With just two races remaining to set the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, Kenseth should make it in on points and doesn't feel like he needs to go for broke to get a win in the next two weeks. "When you try harder than your hardest, that's when you always get in trouble. That's when you wreck," Kenseth said. "I don't know that we even need a win.

  • Several teams relying on transfers at QB

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    There will be familiar faces playing quarterback at some not-so-familiar places this season. Here are several quarterbacks who transferred and will be making debuts with their new teams this year: Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech: A preseason back injury hindered Brewer's hopes of emerging as Texas Tech's starting quarterback last year, and he assumed a backup role upon his return. With Davis Webb entrenched as Texas Tech's starter, Brewer headed to Virginia Tech. He has two years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately since he already has graduated. Brewer beat out senior Mark Leal for the right to start Virginia Tech's season opener Saturday against William & Mary.